Many women opt for Botox because the injections can relax the muscles that cause wrinkles at the outer corner of the eyes or in the creases of the forehead. But American pop star Britney Spears is not one of those women. The hit ‘Oops!…I Did It Again’ singer recently said she would ‘never’ get Botox done again.
Last week, the 41-year-old took to Instagram to share her experience of having the cosmetic procedure done. She revealed in a video that she first underwent the procedure in New York many years ago and then tried it in Los Angeles as well. She said: “Too often these so-called ‘top doctors’ do amazing Botox. Never again in Los Angeles.
The singer told her 42.1 million Instagram followers that for probably 10-15 years she hadn’t done hers well “and…I can’t even be seen for two weeks (after) .”
Once, his eye turned black and blue and “much higher than the other.” Also, when she was left with unexpected swelling, doctors told her to “give it a week or two.” Spears shared, “Sometimes the nerves work that way and backfire, and I’m like, ‘I feel like somebody beat me to death.'”
She also recalled how the Botox caused her forehead to swell, which meant her eyelids were “droopy”.
What is Botox?
Britney Spears’ video must have aroused the curiosity of many women about this procedure. Botox is the brand name for a purified form of botulinum toxin, a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, Dr. Vijay Singhal, Unit Head and Senior Consultant – Dermatology, Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute, Paschim Vihar, New Delhi.
It is commonly used in cosmetic procedures to temporarily reduce the appearance of wrinkles by paralyzing facial muscles. According to a 2020 study published by the US National Library of Medicine, it is the most common cosmetic procedure in the world, with approximately three million injections used per year.
Botox Side Effects
Spears made it clear how Botox didn’t work for her. You should therefore be aware that there may be possible side effects of Botox. Here are some side effects you may experience after the procedure.
• Bruising and swelling may occur due to injection trauma.
• Headaches may result from the treatment process. Sometimes tensing certain facial muscles too much can cause headaches. Even a mistake like hitting the frontal bone of the forehead during the injection can cause headaches.
• Dry eyes can occur if Botox affects tear production.
• Temporary drooping of the eyelids can occur if the toxin spreads to unintended areas, affecting muscle control, the expert tells Health Shots.
Cosmetic use of Botox is generally considered safe, but repeated and prolonged use can give you a mask-like face.
For a 2005 study published by the US National Library of Medicine, researchers observed 45 people over a 12-year period. The 45 participants regularly received Botox injections. During this period, 20 adverse side effects were observed in 16 of the 45 participants after their initial treatment. Some of the reported side effects were:
• Difficulty swallowing
• Drooping eyelid
• Neck weakness
• Blurred vision
• Difficulty chewing
• Difficulty speaking
• Heart palpitations
Not everyone has the same side effects, but it’s best to consider factors such as your medical history, allergy medications, and desired results before resorting to Botox. Also consult with a qualified healthcare professional, discuss your goals, potential risks and benefits. Be aware that the results are temporary and will require repeated treatments.